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Title: Linguistic Variation and Identity Representation in Personal Blogs: A Corpus-Linguistic Approach
Keywords: Linguistic variation, identity, personal blogs, corpus linguistics
Issue Date: 26-Nov-2009
Citation: GONG WENGAO (2009-11-26). Linguistic Variation and Identity Representation in Personal Blogs: A Corpus-Linguistic Approach. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Adopting a Wmatrix-based multi-variable approach supplemented with qualitative analysis, the author conducts a rather comprehensive investigation about personal bloggersb practice in orthographic representations, lexicological strategies, slanguage use, preference for semantic domains, use of non-conventional grammatical features, and employment of pragmatic features. The author finds that linguistic variations in personal blogs are closely related to bloggersb representation of age-, gender-, and region-related identities. Deviating from the established writing norms and transplanting oral discourse features into blogging are two major means for bloggers to represent various aspects of their identities. Through this thesis, the author has demonstrated the necessity of adopting an eclectic framework in understanding the multi-faceted nature of the concept of identity and an eclectic analysis approach in capturing the various linguistic strategies for identity representation in a written genre.
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